Anime Vice News

Watch & Learn: SLAYERS #1

Black magic was never this quaint.

 She must&squot;ve cast a "silicon spell" somewhere between here and the show.
 She must've cast a "silicon spell" somewhere between here and the show.

Well, that was a lot quainter than I expected. Retro,even. Flatter colors, more limited animation, often inappropriate voice actors…this is definitely an old school anime. I was getting some serious synesthesia-style mixing up of memories while watching this. It reminded me of old school anime so much that I could even smell the kind of plastic they used to pack VHS tapes at the store where I was first introduced to likes of ESCAFLOWNE (however many years ago, now.)

Getting back to what I was saying about the quaintness… for a show whose title recalls that heavy metal and reigns of blood, there’s something disarmingly amiable about the plot and pacing of this. I can totally see how it hit all the clichés that annoy so many outsiders about anime, though. I feel like I’d actually be put off it by it if it were made more recently, so there’s something to be said about the soothing musk of nostalgia. As is, this was a nice, light and gentle goof on all the sword and sorcery tropes that RECORD OF LODOSS WAR seemed so hopelessly lacking in self-awareness for.

Weren’t a lot of you warning me about this being really lewd? I’m not seeing anything especially cheeky, here. The love interest dude even makes a running joke out of how the lead girl isn’t especially well-endowed (an insult she takes with an unrealistic amount of good humor, I’ll add.) This actually makes SACRED BLACKSMITH look positively burlesque by comparison.

While this hasn’t grabbed my imagination as well as other shows, it’s certainly still a contender for further watching - - especially if the old man with Cain’s hair-do and Gargumel’s voice.

Watch this episode "ANGRY? Lina Furious Dragon Slave" below and decide for yourself.  


Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

PenguinDuston May 2, 2011 at 8:28 a.m.
It's one of my all time favorites.  Of course, it's going to look old since it came out in 1995.  It should be noted that the Escaflowne you reference came out a year later in 1996. 

Seeing episode 1 is good but the show really picks up with the addition of Amelia and Zel later on (around eps. 9 I think).  There were two more seasons made in the 90's and a 4th made in 2008

As for the reported lewdness, well I think except for a few jokes it's all pretty tame.  People might have been thinking about the OVAs put out after the first set of series ended featuring an older Lina and her top heavy rival, Naga

Destinyheroknighton May 2, 2011 at 5:13 p.m.
@PenguinDust: 

People might have been thinking about the OVAs put out after the first set of series ended featuring an older Lina and her top heavy rival, Naga

The OVAs take place before the others series, and also Lina was younger 

Dig Deeper into Slayers

Edit/View the Wiki
Hit the Forums
Add/View Images (786 Images)
Watch Some Videos
Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

BLEACH Ch. 609 Review

Has Kubo delved into the world of meta-commentary with this end boss?

RAGE OF BAHAMUT #9+10 -- Watch & Learn

She's actually supposed to be Joan of Arc...?!?!

Anime Caption Contest -- 12/15/14

Tis the season to be jolly! Which of these Santas are good?

PARASYTE -- What if it Were More Like the Manga?

Wonder no more! There's a video!

THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA -- Movie Review

Truly one of Studio Ghibli's best films...

Gohan Gets A New Look in the Next DRAGON BALL Z Movie

Track suits are in next year!

Community Spotlight -- 12/19/2014

A farewell to 2014 and some holiday wishes to you all.

DRAGON BALL -- Revisiting the Red Ribbon Army

I don't know if this show ever actually "matured."

Anime Caption Contest -- 12/15/14

Tis the season to be jolly! Which of these Santas are good?

Gohan Gets A New Look in the Next DRAGON BALL Z Movie

Track suits are in next year!

Toei Redraws SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL?

They heard the fans!

BLEACH Ch. 609 Review

Has Kubo delved into the world of meta-commentary with this end boss?

PARASYTE -- What if it Were More Like the Manga?

Wonder no more! There's a video!

THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA -- Movie Review

Truly one of Studio Ghibli's best films...

DRAGON BALL -- Revisiting the Red Ribbon Army

I don't know if this show ever actually "matured."

RAGE OF BAHAMUT #9+10 -- Watch & Learn

She's actually supposed to be Joan of Arc...?!?!

Mandatory Network

Submissions can take several hours to be approved.

Save ChangesCancel